A good turnout of five yachts and eight motor
boats assembled at Surlingham Ferry for the annual summer barbecue. The
hot sunshine of the past few weeks continued and willing hands were soon
recruited to erect a couple of tents to shade the cooking and serving area.
Julia and Christine had devised a treasure hunt
to occupy members during the afternoon, following a walk along the river bank
and then circling back inland, which proved more popular than the entry of just
three teams might suggest. Margaret left early, on a solo effort, followed
by Will and Jan as a duo; then the entire northern division of the club, making
up one huge team. The request to collect a piece of angelica provoked a
lot of discussion, with the eventual decision being that nobody had found the
correct plant. Similarly, no-one spotted the flowering irises, but all
successfully collected some elderflower for "a refreshing summer
drink." It was not all about plants, with participants having to name
a beer, seek out a naturalist's grave, find a coloured post, note the opening
times of the church tea room and locate a (plastic) duck hiding in a hole.
Some failed to even locate the hole... When all was tallied up, Will and
Jan came in a close run third place, with the other two teams tying and each
being given a box of chocolates.
The meal, as usual at Surlingham, was well cooked
and plentiful, despite having to cater for last minute additions. Members
grouped in the late sunshine to enjoy their meat feast, followed by strawberries
and ice cream. With no music this year (due to the poor turnout last year)
some slid off early to bed, while others remained longer, enjoying the beer and
the good company.
Boats present: 10, Alice Rose, Buccaneer, Damsel,
Jasmine of Horning, Kym (aka Skip), Misty Morn, Pelican, Pippinjack,
Retribution, Seabird, Vixen, Wiggy